[ExI] Total Surveillance may be necessary to save humanity

Bill Hibbard hibbard at wisc.edu
Tue Apr 23 21:46:36 UTC 2019

Bostrom propose a surveillance infrastructure to
protect us from dangers such as easily accessible
bioweapons. However, such an infrastructure, using
AI connected via the Internet to the physical
devices of our daily lives including implanted
electronics, presents a strong temptation of social
control to leaders.

This is most evident in China. I think they have
already passed the tipping point toward a future
when every citizen will agree with the government on
every issue. Total control.

In the US and other countries, leaders and even
ordinary citizens are calling for the use of AI to
detect and control dangerous speech and "fake news."

While I do fear easily accessible bioweapons, social
surveillance and control is the "black ball" I fear
most, because it is so tempting to the people with
the most power.

The future of humanity may be a world partitioned
into AI data domains (largely coinciding with the
partition into nations), with leaders in each
partition exercising total surveillance and control
via AI and the Internet. I think the best resistance
to this future is complete transparency of AI and
associated infrastructure.

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